Use our Location in Houston, Texas to Build a Global Research Reputation

Our location in Houston—the most diverse city in the U.S. and an energy and healthcare capital—and Texas—a gateway for immigration and an influential state in U.S. politics—allows us a front-row seat to important global problems to inspire solution-focused research. We will continue to build expertise to address the critical issues of climate change, energy, healthcare, immigration, race and racism, and the protection and enhancement of democracy. Our research will seek to understand and address persistent inequities and disparities.

  • Hire faculty with research expertise in targeted research areas
  • Encourage partnerships with local community organizations and business firms through platforms like the Kinder Institute, Baker Institute, and the Texas Policy Lab; and facilitate connections with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Center for African and African-American Studies
  • Encourage international research programs and partnerships
  • Disseminate our research globally through academic publications and public outreach
  • Increase the visibility of individual faculty members through awards and honors


  1. US News and World Report, Niche, College Factual, and program rankings
  2. Media attention and mentions
  3. Major awards received